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Yamaha Motor and YAMABIKO to Develop and Sell Agricultural Drones by 2018

April 26, 2017

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, Yamaha Motor) and YAMABIKO CORPORATION (hereinafter, YAMABIKO) have agreed to form an alliance regarding the joint development and commercialization for agricultural chemical spraying systems using multi-rotor drones.

Yamaha Motor, which manufactures and sells unmanned helicopters for spraying agricultural chemicals, and YAMABIKO, which manufactures a comprehensive range of compact agricultural machinery, will work together to leverage each other’s know-how in the joint development of agricultural chemical spraying systems using multi-rotor drones. These new drones will be compatible with a wide variety of chemical delivery formats, including liquids and granules, and product launches are scheduled from 2018.

By bringing together Yamaha Motor’s product development and quality assurance strengths as well as its sales and service network together with YAMABIKO’s pest control technology and Japan-wide agricultural machinery sales network, the two companies aim to expand sales in the industrial drone market, in which demand has been growing in recent years.

Yamaha Motor released an unmanned helicopter for spraying agricultural chemicals in 1989, and its Japan domestic market share of pest control spraying areas is currently 42.5% of staple food rice paddy rice fields (2016 results, Yamaha Motor data). The Company is actively expanding use in agricultural applications globally, including Korea, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Outside of agricultural applications, there are also industrial unmanned helicopters for multi-solutions capable of long-range automatic navigation providing advanced services to government agencies and general enterprises, etc. in a wide range of industrial fields such as vegetation surveillance and measurement work, disaster prevention, and disaster support.

Since YAMABIKO’s predecessor company Kyoritsu Noki launched a rice paddy pest control agricultural chemical sprayer in 1948, YAMABIKO has accumulated pest control technology over many years which delivers efficient spraying of agricultural chemicals. Based on its founding principle of “contributing to society through increasing food production,” YAMABIKO has developed agricultural pest control machinery which has played a major role in a wide range of agricultural regions, including rice paddies, farmland and orchards. From compact pest control machinery to large ride-on pest control machinery, YAMABIKO supplies products and services essential to continued stable food supply.

Yamaha Motor

Headquarters 2500 Shingai, Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
Founded July 1, 1955
Representative Hiroyuki Yanagi, President, CEO, and Representative Director
Capital 85,797 million yen
Staff 53,150 (consolidated basis, as at end December 2016)

Business activities include Manufacturing and sale of motorcycles, scooters, electrically power assisted bicycles, boats, water vehicles, pools, Japanese-style boats, fishing boats, outboard motors, all-terrain vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), engines for racing carts, golf cars, general-purpose engines, generators, water pumps, snowmobiles, compact snow blowers, automobile engines, surface mounters, industrial robots, industrial-use unmanned helicopters, electrical power units for wheelchairs, passenger helmets etc.

Net sales 1,502.8 billion yen
(consolidated basis, for fiscal year 2016 ending December 31)


Headquarters 1-7-2 Suehirocho, Ohme, Tokyo, Japan
Established December 1, 2008
Representative Representative Director President & C.E.O Yoshiaki Nagao
Capital 6,000 million yen
Staff: 3,107 (consolidated basis, as at March 31, 2016)

Business activities include Manufacturing and sale of compact outdoor power equipment (chainsaws, mowers, hedge trimmers, compact engines, power sprayers, manual sprayers, power blowers, engine sprayers, robot mowers), agricultural machinery (manual pest control machinery, soil sterilizers, house pest control machinery, speed sprayers, high-performance pest control machinery, rice transplanters, paddy management machines, ploughs, vegetable cleaning machines, harvesters, lawn care machines), and industrial machinery (engine cutters, washers, cutters, generators, welding machines, floodlights, mist sprayers, compressors) etc.

Net sales 113.348 billion yen (for fiscal year 2016 ending March 31)
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